Traditional split level homes can lack architectural charm with a fairly flat elevation, and they can also appear top heavy with the overhang. So the main goal becomes:
Balance out the visual weight
Add some dimension
The great thing about your home is that you have multiple siding materials and multiple levels to the elevation. The stair step roofline adds interest and the 2 siding materials add texture.
Brick & Batten are masters at adding architectural charm and dimension to split level homes and they tend to do so by adding a porch roof. This is such an unexpected element with split levels. Take this home for example:
Notice the stair step roofline, the attached garage on the right, and the incredible similarity to your home?!
The main changes Brick & Batten made were adding a porch roof, swapping the vinyl siding for board and batten siding, and repainting the shutters. Of course, 2 of these 3 changes are not inexpensive updates, but if you plan on being in this home for a while, these three changes would make the biggest impact.
There’s also an option to repaint the brick and siding to match. Take the home below for example. If you happen to not like the color of your brick, this would be a good option for simplifying the two tone elevation without removing the textural differences that add charm to your home.
As for balancing the visual weight of the home, landscaping is key! More bushes and flowering shrubs under the overhang, a row of plants along the walkway, and a few more under the tree. In fact, if you only decide to do one thing, I’d focus on landscaping. That would add so much curb appeal and charm to the home!